[IRWIN, Eyles]. ~ Saint Thomas’s Mount. A Poem. Written by a Gentleman in India... London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1774.
4to (267 × 214 mm), pp. 40; complete with half-title and an engraved frontispiece by Collyer (lightly offset onto the title); half-title spotted, offset from former turn-ins to final page; recent boards.
Scarce first edition of the author’s first publication, written from Fort St George, Madras. ‘The mount here celebrated, and of which an elegant engraving is prefixed to the poem, is situated nine miles to the south-west of Fort St. George, on the coast of Coromandel. The novelty of the prospect which it exhibits to a native of Europe, renders its subject extremely well adapted for poetical description; and justice obliges us to acknowledge, that this author has delineated the scene in lively and harmonious numbers... The production clearly evinces that the Muses can inspire their votaries even in the sultry plains of India’ (Critical Review).
Irwin (1751–1817), the East India Company’s superintendent in Madras, wrote a number of poems with an Indian flavour. Aubin, Topographical Poetry, p. 301 (who reproduces the plate here as a frontispiece to his own book); Jackson, p. 33.